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Half of output would go to protecting species

By Aurea Gerundio-Dizon KOROR, Palau (Island Times, Aug. 12, 2010) – In Palau, Sen. Regis Akitaya introduced a bill requiring the Bureau of Marine Resources to return to its natural habitat 50 percent of all clam species reared in the hatcheries.

Senate Bill 1-143 recognizes that clam species are important asset of the country as these provide food and income. Clams are also great tourist attraction here.

The bill reportedly intends to promote and sustain the country’s clam population, with the hope of yielding further benefits.

A section of the bill states that the bureau director shall "establish programs to hatch and rear identified species of fish, mollusks, crustaceans, and turtles to be returned to their natural habitats at maturity as a means of preventing the depletion of such important marine resources; provided that only such programs established to rear any clam species shall reserve 50 percent of their stock to be returned to its natural habitat."

The bill is in the committee on resources, commerce, trade and development for review. Island Times © 2010 Island Times. All rights reserved

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